5,630 hectares of farmland will be developed across Ogun state next year for the massive cultivation of food and cash crops to create new jobs and increase the internally generated revenue.
N1.6 billion will be spent on the cultivation of 2,000 hectares of rice, N1 billion on 2,000 hectares of oil palm plantation, N604 million on 1,000 hectares of cocoa, and N146 million on 250 hectares of maize.
The state governor’s consultant on agriculture, Miss Ronke Onadeko, made this known while defending the N5.74 billion capital votes of the agriculture ministry in the state’s 2017 budget before the finance and appropriation committee of the state House of Assembly.
Also, the consultant told the committee that N37 million will be spent on cultivating 150 hectares of fruit orchard, N56 million on 130 hectares of irrigated vegetable farms and N446 million on the establishment of 100 units of greenhouse tomato and pepper.
Onadeko said the state government is working with the Presidency to access some of its silos in the state for the storage of excess of products to be harvested from the multi-billion farm projects in 2017.